August 22nd, 2007

The Men are Talking

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I'm in an odd research-type place today so I'm skipping from subject to subject looking things up. Recently BioShock came out and it's set in an Objectivist Utopia that went wrong. When I was in high school I started reading Camus and sort of stumbled across Ayn Rand's essay "The Virtue of Selfishness" which was in a book called "The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought". Ayn Rand was never required reading for me, but I was interested in how very different her ideals seemed to be from mainstream society in a time period (that essay was published in 1964) when it was difficult for women in the world of academia to be heard at all - especially if they weren't towing the majority line.
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